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May 6


1 Samuel 14:1-52
1. One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, "Come, let's go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side." But he did not tell his father.
2. Saul was staying on the outskirts of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree in Migron. With him were about six hundred men,
3. among whom was Ahijah, who was wearing an ephod. He was a son of Ichabod's brother Ahitub son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh. No one was aware that Jonathan had left.
4. On each side of the pass that Jonathan intended to cross to reach the Philistine outpost was a cliff; one was called Bozez, and the other Seneh.
5. One cliff stood to the north toward Micmash, the other to the south toward Geba.
6. Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."
7. "Do all that you have in mind," his armor-bearer said. "Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul."
8. Jonathan said, "Come, then; we will cross over toward the men and let them see us.
9. If they say to us, 'Wait there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are and not go up to them.
10. But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands."
11. So both of them showed themselves to the Philistine outpost. "Look!" said the Philistines. "The Hebrews are crawling out of the holes they were hiding in."
12. The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson." So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, "Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel."
13. Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him.
14. In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.
15. Then panic struck the whole army-those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties-and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.
16. Saul's lookouts at Gibeah in Benjamin saw the army melting away in all directions.
17. Then Saul said to the men who were with him, "Muster the forces and see who has left us." When they did, it was Jonathan and his armor-bearer who were not there.
18. Saul said to Ahijah, "Bring the ark of God." (At that time it was with the Israelites.)
19. While Saul was talking to the priest, the tumult in the Philistine camp increased more and more. So Saul said to the priest, "Withdraw your hand."
20. Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the Philistines in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.
21. Those Hebrews who had previously been with the Philistines and had gone up with them to their camp went over to the Israelites who were with Saul and Jonathan.
22. When all the Israelites who had hidden in the hill country of Ephraim heard that the Philistines were on the run, they joined the battle in hot pursuit.
23. So the LORD rescued Israel that day, and the battle moved on beyond Beth Aven.
24. Now the men of Israel were in distress that day, because Saul had bound the people under an oath, saying, "Cursed be any man who eats food before evening comes, before I have avenged myself on my enemies!" So none of the troops tasted food.
25. The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.
26. When they went into the woods, they saw the honey oozing out, yet no one put his hand to his mouth, because they feared the oath.
27. But Jonathan had not heard that his father had bound the people with the oath, so he reached out the end of the staff that was in his hand and dipped it into the honeycomb. He raised his hand to his mouth, and his eyes brightened.
28. Then one of the soldiers told him, "Your father bound the army under a strict oath, saying, 'Cursed be any man who eats food today!' That is why the men are faint."
29. Jonathan said, "My father has made trouble for the country. See how my eyes brightened when I tasted a little of this honey.
30. How much better it would have been if the men had eaten today some of the plunder they took from their enemies. Would not the slaughter of the Philistines have been even greater?"
31. That day, after the Israelites had struck down the Philistines from Micmash to Aijalon, they were exhausted.
32. They pounced on the plunder and, taking sheep, cattle and calves, they butchered them on the ground and ate them, together with the blood.
33. Then someone said to Saul, "Look, the men are sinning against the LORD by eating meat that has blood in it.You have broken faith," he said. "Roll a large stone over here at once."
34. Then he said, "Go out among the men and tell them, 'Each of you bring me your cattle and sheep, and slaughter them here and eat them. Do not sin against the LORD by eating meat with blood still in it.'" So everyone brought his ox that night and slaughtered it there.
35. Then Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first time he had done this.
36. Saul said, "Let us go down after the Philistines by night and plunder them till dawn, and let us not leave one of them alive.Do whatever seems best to you," they replied. But the priest said, "Let us inquire of God here."
37. So Saul asked God, "Shall I go down after the Philistines? Will you give them into Israel's hand?" But God did not answer him that day.
38. Saul therefore said, "Come here, all you who are leaders of the army, and let us find out what sin has been committed today.
39. As surely as the LORD who rescues Israel lives, even if it lies with my son Jonathan, he must die." But not one of the men said a word.
40. Saul then said to all the Israelites, "You stand over there; I and Jonathan my son will stand over here.Do what seems best to you," the men replied.
41. Then Saul prayed to the LORD, the God of Israel, "Give me the right answer." And Jonathan and Saul were taken by lot, and the men were cleared.
42. Saul said, "Cast the lot between me and Jonathan my son." And Jonathan was taken.
43. Then Saul said to Jonathan, "Tell me what you have done." So Jonathan told him, "I merely tasted a little honey with the end of my staff. And now must I die?"
44. Saul said, "May God deal with me, be it ever so severely, if you do not die, Jonathan."
45. But the men said to Saul, "Should Jonathan die-he who has brought about this great deliverance in Israel? Never! As surely as the LORD lives, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground, for he did this today with God's help." So the men rescued Jonathan, and he was not put to death.
46. Then Saul stopped pursuing the Philistines, and they withdrew to their own land.
47. After Saul had assumed rule over Israel, he fought against their enemies on every side: Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines. Wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment on them.
48. He fought valiantly and defeated the Amalekites, delivering Israel from the hands of those who had plundered them.
49. Saul's sons were Jonathan, Ishvi and Malki-Shua. The name of his older daughter was Merab, and that of the younger was Michal.
50. His wife's name was Ahinoam daughter of Ahimaaz. The name of the commander of Saul's army was Abner son of Ner, and Ner was Saul's uncle.
51. Saul's father Kish and Abner's father Ner were sons of Abiel.
52. All the days of Saul there was bitter war with the Philistines, and whenever Saul saw a mighty or brave man, he took him into his service.

1 Samuel 15:1-35
1. Samuel said to Saul, "I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD.
2. This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.
3. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.'"
4. So Saul summoned the men and mustered them at Telaim-two hundred thousand foot soldiers and ten thousand men from Judah.
5. Saul went to the city of Amalek and set an ambush in the ravine.
6. Then he said to the Kenites, "Go away, leave the Amalekites so that I do not destroy you along with them; for you showed kindness to all the Israelites when they came up out of Egypt." So the Kenites moved away from the Amalekites.
7. Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, to the east of Egypt.
8. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.
9. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs-everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
10. Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel:
11. "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." Samuel was troubled, and he cried out to the LORD all that night.
12. Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul, but he was told, "Saul has gone to Carmel. There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal."
13. When Samuel reached him, Saul said, "The LORD bless you! I have carried out the LORD's instructions."
14. But Samuel said, "What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?"
15. Saul answered, "The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites; they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the LORD your God, but we totally destroyed the rest."
16. "Stop!" Samuel said to Saul. "Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.Tell me," Saul replied.
17. Samuel said, "Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The LORD anointed you king over Israel.
18. And he sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.'
19. Why did you not obey the LORD? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the LORD?"
20. "But I did obey the LORD," Saul said. "I went on the mission the LORD assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king.
21. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the LORD your God at Gilgal."
22. But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king."
24. Then Saul said to Samuel, "I have sinned. I violated the LORD's command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.
25. Now I beg you, forgive my sin and come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD."
26. But Samuel said to him, "I will not go back with you. You have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you as king over Israel!"
27. As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.
28. Samuel said to him, "The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors-to one better than you.
29. He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind."
30. Saul replied, "I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God."
31. So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the LORD.
32. Then Samuel said, "Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites." Agag came to him confidently, thinking, "Surely the bitterness of death is past."
33. But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so will your mother be childless among women." And Samuel put Agag to death before the LORD at Gilgal.
34. Then Samuel left for Ramah, but Saul went up to his home in Gibeah of Saul.
35. Until the day Samuel died, he did not go to see Saul again, though Samuel mourned for him. And the LORD was grieved that he had made Saul king over Israel.

Psalms 57:1-3
1. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
2. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me.
3. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; Selah God sends his love and his faithfulness.

Proverbs 15:24-25
24. The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.
25. The LORD tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.

Luke 23:1-25
1. Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.
2. And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."
3. So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
4. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
5. But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here."
6. On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.
7. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle.
9. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.
10. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.
11. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.
12. That day Herod and Pilate became friends--before this they had been enemies.
13. Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,
14. and said to them, "You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.
15. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
16. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him."
17. See Footnote
18. With one voice they cried out, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!"
19. (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20. Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.
21. But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
22. For the third time he spoke to them: "Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him."
23. But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
24. So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
25. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.